Miniature in the Mail #33: "Wind in the Wires"

"Wind in the Wires," 5x5in., oil on masonite

A few weeks ago I toured what's billed as one of the oldest and largest artist colonies in the world, the L.A. Brewery. Their website says they contain 14 buildings spread over 23 acres, with 500-700 artists who live and work in the industrial premises, the way downtown lofts were meant to be.

My socks were knocked off, and god knows we could use a bit of that around here these days.

I've been thinking a lot about what needs to be the response from artists to the resurrection of the authoritarian demagogues in the West. I've always had a soft spot for the individualist antics of Marilyn Manson, and his latest video where he depicts the beheading of Trump (look it up, if you need to) could be a lively opening salvo. But I can't help think there's a more obvious, collectivist solution, and not only for artists: get people together, physically, structurally, in places like the Brewery. It's been my experience that many heads together on an ongoing basis can find solutions, astonishingly so, single heads in a bubble, linked by electromagnetic waves, can't.

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